Sunday, January 4, 2015


Day Hiking Will Change Your Life

Number 4: It’s Cheap.

Compared to just about any other sport, your upfront spending for hiking essentials is minimal.

Good boots a few pieces of the proper clothing, a comfortable pack, and you’re pretty much ready to go. Overall, it’s not a sport for gearheads—nor do you have to worry about paying $275 for a tee time.

As you get more into day hiking, maybe you will decide to try a hiking vacation halfway around the world you may even decide to come and do some spectacular hiking with us in the South Chilcotin Mountains and surrounding ranges. We offer both long hiking vacations into the mountains where you would stay in wilderness cabins, but for those that would prefer to stay at the ranch, we offer day hiking packages. But most of us have easy access to parks and natural areas with trails, so you don’t have to spend a lot of money (or time) to head out on a hike.

Here are the Ten Essentials, you need for day hiking:

1. Map – NECESSARY: A physical, paper map is absolutely essential to anyone spending time in the wilderness – they’ll help you if you get lost, they’ll help you locate landmarks and options if a route is closed or more difficult than you thought, and you don’t have to worry about batteries running out.

2. Compass, Supplemented with a GPS Receiver – OPTIONAL / NECESSARY: If you’re not confident in your cartography skills, compasses are cheap and light, and you should consider them necessary, GPS is more expensive but invaluable when it comes to getting out of a potentially sticky situation

3. Sunglasses and sunscreen – NECESSARY: A decent pair of polarizing lenses will do wonders for you. Not only will they prevent sun and snow glare, but they’ll also shield your eyes from drying winds AND errant branches and brush. Sunscreen is ALWAYS important, even on cloudy days. You’re going to be spending a few hours outside in direct sunlight, and you’re probably going to be sore the next day. You don’t want to have a sunburn, too.

4. Extra food and water – NECESSARY: … to a point. You don't need to take food for a week but you should always take more food than you plan on eating and more water than you plan on drinking. It adds a little bit of weight to your pack, but if you spend more time on the trail than you were planning to, you’re going to be thankful.

5. Extra clothes- NECESSARY: … again, to a degree. I recommend dressing layers, and will usually take the top layer with me even if it’s feeling warm at the trail head. But it’s nothing too fancy — a fleece pullover for the top, a hat and gloves, and convertible pants are all you need for dayhike “extra clothes.”

6. Headlamp/flashlight – NECESSARY: The only thing worse than being lost is being lost in the dark

7. First aid kit – NECESSARY:

8. Fire starter

9. Knife

10. Small Tarp – All OPTIONAL: But it always pays to be prepared and when you think about it, what is a few extra grams when it could save your life.

It is a natural assumption to think that day hiking is safer and therefore you would need to bring less equipment, but for this reason day hiking can be more dangerous. When you head out on your day hiking trip, always let a few people know when and where you're going, and ask them to contact the appropriate authorities if you don't check in at a certain time.

Above all, have fun!


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We are a licensed guide outfitter and we conduct guided wilderness adventures throughout our 5,000 square km operating area. This guide area has been operational since 1880, making it the oldest in British Columbia. More about us HERE.

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